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      Any ideas?

      Our mail carrier is also our across the street neighbor. He's always very helpful but over the holidays took some of our packages to keep for us in his garage when we had to leave town earlier than expected and they piled up. He carried a load of packages and mail up to our door when we got back home today. And he's an all round nice guy, offers to help out with the dogs (he has a black lab also), just a nice neighbor as well as our mail guy. I'd like to do a little something to thank him for his help. A gift card seems impersonal, plus the USPS supposedly only permits gifts of $20 or less. So what ideas can anyone offer? I can do cookies, although Christmas is over and doesn't everyone resolve to lose weight in the new year? Banana bread or something they could have for breakfast? Lasagna they could put in the freezer and take out some night when they get home from work and don't want to cook? A box of pears from Harry and David or something like that? I'm open to suggestions!

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      What a nice person! I think the suggestion of lasagna is great. How about the lasagna and a nice salad, or the fixings. If they don't eat the lasagna right way it can be frozen. Salad fixings are always welcome and go with almost any meal. Throw in a loaf of nice French bread. Desert could be just about anything, a pie, cake, etc.
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      We always give our delivery person $20 but he's not our neighbor (that I know of anyway). If he was, I'd probably do banana bread or a card with a gift card in it. I personally love gift cards, especially if it's for a restaurant I've never been to.

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      Dog sitting/feeding/walking voucher for when he will need it sometime? Do you know what he likes to eat and drink? I don't see why your $ gift could not be construed a neighbourly gift for neighbourly services but I guess he doesn't need hassles from his boss.

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    As a bona fide rural carrier, I receive and appreciate anything a customer wants to give. Items range from gift cards, $$, cards, kids drawings, cookies/breads/cheeses/wine/whiskey/candles/chocolates, and sometimes random things (especially from more elderly customers!) I think the idea of a lasagna dinner is lovely, since he's also a neighbor. I present the official USPS guidelines (although I don't know any carrier that strictly abides by them): "All postal employees, including carriers, must comply with the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Exec*utive Branch. Under these federal regulations, carriers are permitted to accept a gift worth $20 or less from a customer per occasion, such as Christmas. However, cash and cash equivalents, such as checks or gift cards that can be exchanged for cash, must never be accepted in any amount. Furthermore, no employee may accept more than $50 worth of gifts from any one customer in any one calendar year period."





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    I think he's your neighbor first, your mail carrier second. Give him whatever you want or feel is good. Thank him for being a good neighbor, not a good post man!

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    I agree with Jen. He's your neighbor that just so happens to be your postal carrier. Hook him up good! :-) That is so kind of you. I think the Lasagna dinner has a very warm and personal touch.

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